Processes for developing the QEP will differ among institutions, depending on such factors as size, campus culture, internal governance structures, mission, the focus of the QEP, physical and human resources, and numerous other variables that may determine what is appropriate or even possible. These same factors affect the length of time necessary to develop the plan for on-site review. Institutions need to build into their development process sufficient time for extensive investigation, discussion, and refinement of the topic as well as time for drafts to be circulated, debated, and revised in ways that continue to gather and build support for the QEP. While peer evaluators recognize the role that institutional culture plays in shaping the development process, they do expect the process to have been methodical, logical, and inclusive.
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